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  1. Tune in today! The Greyhounds Make Great Pets hosts are joined by guest Dennis McKeon to answer questions from our listeners on this full moon Friday the 13th episode. And we will be bringing you an update on the Irish Greyhounds that arrived in the US on Wednesday. https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/117389/fan-mail Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download #gmgp3 #houndsoftheworld
  2. Tune in to Greyhounds Make Great Pets on Friday September 6, 2019 when the legendary Lee Livingood, award winning author of "Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies" joins us for an informative hour, helping us to be better humans for our dogs and also offering providing dog training tips. Lee has been a fixture in the greyhound adoption community and a professional dog behavior consultant for more than 20 years. Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download #gmgp3 #houndsoftheworld Lee Livingood's bio: Lee Livingood is the award winning author of Retired Racing Greyhounds for Dummies. She’s been a professional dog behavior consultant for more than 20 years and has conducted workshops on greyhound topics in the U.S. and in Canada. She is the first person in the U.S. to offer a greyhound specific training class. For more than 15 years, Lee has conducted Greyhounds 101, a basic learning class for greyhounds and their people. She taught the seminars on dog problems and on dog aggression at Kutztown University for their Dog Management and Training program during the program’s existence. She currently teaches reactive dog classes at Redfern Canines, a training center in Harrisburg, PA. Lee volunteers her time to advise greyhound adoption groups everywhere and serves as the behavior consultant for a local all-breed rescue group.
  3. On Friday August 23, 2019, tune into Greyhounds Make Great Pets for a discussion about the improvements made in the world of greyhound adoption and racing over the last 25 years. https://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/116890 Greyhounds Make Great Pets every Friday at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern only on VoiceAmerica.com All shows are available on-demand on iTunes, Spotify or download #gmgp3 #houndsoftheworld
  4. "Greyhounds Make Great Pets" on VoiceAmerica.com VarietyJune 14, 2019 ~ IRISH GREYHOUNDS10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern https://www.voiceamerica.com/promo/episode/115569Laura Simmermon founding member of F L I G H T (Finding Loving Irish Greyhounds Homes Together) and Membership Development and Programs Manager of the Greyhound Health Initiative joins the GMGP hosts to discuss how her organization facilitates the transportation of retired Irish racing greyhounds between Ireland and approved greyhound adoption agencies in North America as well as how your adoption group can apply to take part in this program.
  5. Hey everyone, I've been lurking the forums quite a lot for the past few days, as my wife and I have adopted a 4yo ex racer for about a week and a half now. He's an AMAZING boy, super sweet and really likes a cuddle. But a bit too much - so yeah, it's yet another separation anxiety post. And a long one at that, so thanks to whoever reads through! My wife has dreamt of getting a dog for the past 5 years; we did a ton of research about breeds that would fit our lifestyle and the Greyhound was on the short list, especially because we moved to the UK and there's a lot of ex racers who need a home. Hindsight is 20-20, but we should have researched a lot more into ex-racing Greyhounds specifically (it was more of a broad breed research regarding health, temperament etc). The first day was a complete joy, but the following ones were hell: they hit us like a brick and showed how unprepared we were. A lot of despair and emotional rollercoasters (my wife actually got sick on the 3rd day out of sheer stress), but our sense of responsibility kicked in and we decided to power on to see if we could improve the situation. I work full time, which means she's the one who spends most of the days with him, doing the alone training during the week. Now, from what I've read around, his separation anxiety is relatively mild: he's a velcro dog and on the first nights he cried and clawed or bedroom doors - nowadays, we give him 2 t-shirts of ours, a stuffed kong with PB and it's around 20mins before he's walking around the house all night and whining every few minutes. We started from day one not allowing him to sleep with us because we knew that it would be way harder to separate later on. The rule is: as soon as we close the door, it doesn't open until the morning - we were going back and telling him to go to bed and giving him some treats when he did on the first couple of days, but stopped as we realized we were most likely getting him to think he'd be rewarded for scratching the door. Nowadays, he still pants and whines quite a bit and walks back and forth through the night, but no longer scratches the door. My wife today got him to around 6mins of alone time with the "I'll be home soon" technique (put on your jacket/shoe, grab keys, give the Kong, go outside, wait, come back, take the Kong, clothes off, leave the key, wait a minute, rinse, repeat). Unfortunately, he drops the kong very quickly if he doesn't get any treats, so we kind of reached the point where he eats the Kong before we can extend the time even if it's frozen, and he just stops paying attention to it if it's too hard to take whatever is inside, which reduces his time to around 3 minutes alone without whining. We now spend at least 10 minutes not giving him any contact when showing up in the morning and after returning from work. He unfortunately doesn't play with anything that isn't food (there's this plush toy he destroyed in about 5mins and he doesn't really touch it unless we incite him A LOT, but even that isn't working too much anymore). We do 2 pee breaks before meals to guarantee he doesn't have accidents, and we try to give him at least 2 40min walks a day. One is literally before bedtime, between 10 and 11pm, but there's a lot of foxes around the neighborhood so we're starting to consider if this is just getting him more amped up at bed time instead of tired from the exercise. One of the things that originally attracted us about Greyhounds is that we are pretty laid back, so even though we don't mind caring for him, our routine was very affected by turning into a clockwork bootcamp. Not being able to have some wiggle room or just say "let's go out to the supermarket together" in the middle of the day was way of a bigger burden than we expected. We live in a relatively small flat, with no garden, where both him and us are mostly on the living room. Even thought some Greyhounds will do well in that situation, we feel bad because the only thing he's interested in is food and cuddles, and we can't give him cuddles when he asks for it with all the independence training, which means he's probably bored most of the day (which in turn gets him less likely to sleep at night). It's also pretty heart breaking that we can't make a fuss with him when he comes to greet us. Here comes the hard part: we do love his eventual antics, and we were very emotional this Saturday when he managed to talk to some dog friends in the park (he gets INSANELY anxious at the park seeing a dog running and playing and it breaks our hearts that we're so far away from being able to leave him off the leash to run somewhere). But the hard truth is that we're not madly in love with him, at least not as much as we should have been, most likely because we constantly worry so much and have to ignore him when he's the most excited to avoid increasing his SA, that we're having a hard time bonding with him - right now, my wife feels like she's basically living for him, and not getting a lot of joy from the experience. Thinking this rationally, at the moment we're doing things way more because it's out responsibility to him than because we'd want to keep him even if his condition took many months to improve. The feeling is that, while he is much better in a not-so-good situation with us than waiting for adoption in a kennel, he'd be way better with people who have more experience, a garden, a dog buddy, or someone that is set to love him unconditionally (as we thought we were when we took him). We do know, however, if we were to return him, we'd have to do this as quickly as possible (as he's starting to get used to his routine and feeling a bit more relaxed at our place). It's been really crushing for us to take care of him, because it's been both emotionally and physically draining: the idea of living through months of this without any guarantees that it will improve is, to be honest, terrifying to us. So at the end of the day, my biggest questions are: do you think we're just not the right people/environment for him? Or is this just normal and our feelings also develop over time? I've read so many stories here of situations way, way worse than ours and people who really went above and beyond for over a year, and I simply don't see us being able to do that. Should we simply give up sooner rather than later to avoid turning a mild SA into an acute one? How long do you think we could keep on trying without risking ruining the dog for life? If it was me reading this post some time ago, I'd be judging us hard, but we truly just want what's best for the dog and, if we can't be happy with him, how can we expect him to be happy with us? We're fully aware that this is all on us and that we have probably made a mistake by thinking we were ready for a dog, so thank you to whoever reads the wall of text and provides some insight.
  6. Hello all, New poster here! Also I am about to be a new greyhound dad. So I am adopting a greyhound that I've been told is NOT an ex-racer...I was a bit perplexed as to his history because if he didn't come from the track who is breeding Greyhounds? Again, I don't know very much of him, they said he was a pet but then got to a kill shelter in Kentucky and now is in Indiana and I stumbled upon him... They want me to take him ASAP, and that is this Sunday. He is a senior and will be 9 in January - I don't mean to be weird...but is this too old? I mean will he die in my care within a year? I have a wiener dog that now lives with my parents but I've never gone through losing a pet. I want to give him a good home because he's old and I feel like getting adopted may be harder for him but I'm not sure what everyone experience is with an older Greyhound? His teeth look a little yellow, is there a brush that is best? He most likely not muzzle trained and I'm not sure i'll use one but I will have to if I take him to my parents which I will during the holidays. My parents were scared of Milo when I brought him home...he was about a 4LB dachshund then... so a 88lb Grey is a bit much. The muzzle will help, any tips? Any tips or comments would be welcome, I am very excited but just wish him to live a long life.
  7. HI! I submitted an adoption application with a local group in my area. It's been a little more than a month since I applied. I had a phone interview and I'm waiting to hear when they have the right dog for me. My only stipulation is that the dog needs to be ok with cats. I've done a lot of research and I'm so excited!! I feel like I'm losing my mind waiting for the phone call or email. I check it so often... I'm just wondering about other experiences. How long did it take your adoption group to find a match for you? Thanks in advance!
  8. Hi All! I’ve been lurking here for some time and finally decided to post. I have wanted to bring a greyhound into my home for about a year but just not sure and would love opinions. I’ve read a ton of “about greyhounds” sections in various adoption agency sites, and I’m about 1/2 through “Greyhounds for Dummies”. I would be a first time dog owner. I haven't heard back from the couple of applications I sent in this week, but hope to discuss this with agencies eventually. But I’m a little worried that in an effort to be polite, they won’t straight up tell me “Girl, what are you thinking? No Greyhound for you!” So I would really like some honest opinions and thoughts about whether based on your experience, you think my lifestyle and expectations are reasonable to bring a greyhound home. Please don’t worry about hurting my feelings, blunt honesty is completely fine! Plus, ya’ll seem like nice people anyways. Yes, I’ve read a lot of the other “thinking about adopting” and “just adopted, did I make a mistake” posts. And also just reading posts about behaviour/training questions gives me a lot of insight. But thought I would put my own situation out there. What do you think? Work situation: · I work full-time M-F and my workdays can be long, but there’s some flexibility as to when I’m actually in the office · Mornings, I leave my house anywhere from 8am – 10am and I’m home anywhere from 4-7pm. · When very busy, I’ll usually leave and work late into the night at home as opposed to having to be in the office late, so I could be at home with Dog in the evenings. · Can work at home 1-2 days a week. On the other days I would pay for a walker to take Dog out mid-day. Coming by at lunch myself is not an option (too far). · Work requires travel, usually 3 days but can be 4. Every 4-5 weeks tops. Sometimes less (have only travelled for work twice since January, so just depends). I assume I wld board Dog while I’m traveling. Having someone just come by to check on her doesn’t seem adequate. Lifestyle/the rest of the stuff: · Single, late 30’s, no children. · 1BR Condo, about 625sqFt. Dogs allowed in the bldg. · Never any type of “parties” or loudness at home. · Weekends usually consist of errands, working out, and visits to a coffee shop or restaurant to read and people watch. Lots of outside places, so I would love to be able to take Dog once I can assess how comfortable she is. · I don’t do the “nightlife” thing anymore so lots of weekend time with Dog. · Live in WashDC area, so fairly urban environment but nothing on par with say NYC. Tons of trails, walking paths, parks near home. Lots of people and dogs out walking/jogging/etc, esp in nice weather, but enough space to maneuver if Dog is shy at first. I hate crowds myself so I know what places and times to avoid. But if Dog is more social, there would be plenty of opportunities to meet other dogs. · There are dog parks in my ‘hood but I see that’s a bit controversial? I would assume I wldn’t be visiting dog parks at first, unless it’s really early in the AM when no one is there. Expectations/Concerns: · I want a friend to basically just hang with. While I’m somewhat active, I’m more of a leisurely walk/slow trail hike type of person. And then a sitting on the couch type person. This is partly why a greyhound first started to appeal to me. I love the other larger breeds, but most are just too high energy for me. · Little worried about aggression as a first time dog owner. I have read Grey’s can nip or bite if they get excited? Those aren’t small teeth so that would scare the hell out of me. I am not sure if this is something that can recognized on a dog by dog basis by the rescue organization. · Also a little concerned that I won’t be taking Dog out somewhere to “run free” on a weekly basis, much less daily. There might be some Grey appropriate closed-in areas within driving distance, but it won’t be regular thing. I don't have a yard obviously so Dog will ALWAYS be on leash. · Live on the 8th floor so every walk will involve walking down the narrowish hallway where people and even dogs might be close by suddenly (currently only 1 dog on my floor but obvs this could change and there are others in the bldg.). And taking the elevator every time. Will Dog hate that?? Ugh, that got too long. If you made it this far, I congratulate you. Any thoughts or ideas are immensely appreciated. In the meantime, I will lurk here and look at pics of all of your adorable guys and girls. Thanks much.
  9. We have recently adopted Toby, a 2.5yr old retired grey from the Greyhound Adoption Program in South Australia. He was part of the TAFE program (veterinary course) and was therefore fostered for around 10 weeks with two different families before coming to live with us. He has been green collared, whereby they test the dog with other dogs, small dogs, cats, hugging, removing food etc. He passed and showed no sign of aggressive/reactive behaviour. This was in April. Since he has been with us (just over three weeks now) he has been very reactive to other dogs when we go on walks. Barking, growling, and if they are close (5-10meters) jumping and lunging. We told the GAP crew and they weren't sure why he was doing this. They told us to bring him back so that they could see his behaviour. He did the same with them as with us, but after 20mins of carrying on, he actually sniffed butts with the other dog and had a little walk together. Since then he is still reactive to other dogs on our walk, even other greys. Can we train this behaviour out of him? I really want to be able to walk him without other dog owners giving me dirty looks. He also seems to have developed separation anxiety (again when we adopted him he apparently didn't have this problem). We both have the luxury of working at home, but when we did both leave to get coffee (10 mins max) he was barking and whining the whole time, and he urinated inside. He is very good at night, sleeps in the lounge room on his own bed until 7am. He is also very good in the car. I've left him in there for 15-20mins (with the window open of course, and it's winter in Aus, so not too hot) and no problems. He isn't very good at stay, if I move out of eye shot he just follows me. Otherwise, he is such a great dog. He is really affectionate with people, has a goofy personality with heaps of energy and loves belly rubs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  10. Hey there everybody! I made the decision a while back that I was ready to adopt a dog, and have been searching ever since for a pup who might fit in with me and my lifestyle. A friend of mine suggested greyhounds as a potential fit, and after reading through as much information as I could get my hands on, I went out to a local greyhound shelter and had to admit, they are very charming animals and I found myself very comfortable around them. That being said, I still have the average person's doubts and anxieties, and thought I might request some input from a group of people who have lived with greyhounds and know them rather well about whether or not I might make a good candidate to care for a greyhound! About me: I am in my late 20's, and live in a second-floor tenement apartment with my family, and we do . I work very nearly full time, about 6 hours a day. I'm looking for a dog that is suited to and comfortable with apartment living, which ideally would include not having a propensity for frantic, uncontrollable barking. I am hoping for a dog that would not necessarily need an "active" family- a dog that is more mellow and laid-back, but that still would not mind accompanying me on longer, slow-paced walks and hikes through the woods. I cannot engage in vigorous exercise, so I'm mostly looking for a walking buddy. I would also like to find a dog that is okay with going with me here and there- to my aunt's, my sisters, and friends' houses- and will not be stressed out by being outside of home frequently. This would include being around other dogs (smaller dogs) and cats, so it's important to me to find a pup who is small dog and cat safe. My mother also has a cat in the house, a 15 year old lovable critter who is markedly surly around dogs, which is why ideally I'd like a dog that either already ignores cats or can be encouraged/trained to ignore cats/treat them with respect. Some of the introduction methods I've read would probably not work too well on her, for example- I can't imagine her patiently allowing me to cart her in and out of the room at will for meet and greets. Normally I'd be concerned about house training, but everything I read seems to suggest that Greyhounds take to house training pretty quickly/well. I guess my major concerns are how difficult it is to tackle some of the issues that might arise, such as separation anxiety? I've grown up around family's dogs, but this will be my first experience taking care of a dog of my own, so I don't think I'd make a great match for a dog/breed of dog that requires experienced handling. I'd also like a pup that is affectionate and responsive- a good little buddy/companion. I do, of course, understand that a lot of this depends on individual pups but as I have no prior experience with the breed I figured it would be safer (and make me feel more confident moving forward) to run it by here. So, any input on whether or not a greyhound might be happy with me would be greatly appreciated, and thank you so much for taking the time to read through this! Feel free to ask anything that might help clarify.
  11. Hi everyone! Need some advice again, you have never steered me wrong. I have had Gardenia (3 yr old retired racer, mild-mannered) for almost a year now. I am now looking to adopt another one (for her, as a playmate), but we are having some issues. When she first showed up at my door last September, she came with another greyhound (the adoptees wanted to see which one took to me better) and she was fine with that other dog. She seemed to enjoy the company of this dog and was even "sad" when they left (she was hanging out by the front door for hours). However, I have noticed that now she really does not like being around other dogs. I have not been able to get her to play with other dogs, as she just wants to pounce, chase (lol), or be "cranky" (as we like to call it) around other dogs. I generally keep her away from other dogs and avoid the dog park when other dogs are there. She shows her teeth, barks, gets snappy, and generally just does not like when other dogs approach her, but she never bites (I pull her away because I am scared of this happening although she has never done it, even when given the chance). Is there an explanation for this behavior? Do you believe she will ever get over this if we get another greyhound? She was obviously okay at a certain point with other greyhounds. I am wondering if anyone else had this problem and how they got over it. Does it just take some time/conditioning? Me and my fiancé are willing to put in the work to get the dogs to get along, but I want to know how to get to that point. Also, when taking her out for a walk, she always seems VERY interested in other dogs. She never barks or snarls, just looks and wags her tail. However, when they approach her, especially in a quick manner (mostly when THEY are off the leash), she starts to show her teeth and snarl. We took her for a long walk the other day and we came across an unleashed dog. The dog did not approach Gardenia (as most tend to do) and after a while she actually ended up approaching the other dog with NO issues. Is this just a territory or insecurity thing? I am really hoping this is something that can be overcome as we really want her to have fun with another dog. It's not just for us, it's mainly for her to have a companion. Thank you in advance for all your comments and suggestions.
  12. I just came across this picture and thought I would share it here. This is for all of us who have been puzzled, confused, hurt, disappointed or nervous about our newly adopted dog's behaviour.
  13. Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum so my name's Kevin. After some time and pretty deep research I believe a greyhound would be a pretty good match for me and my lifestyle. My area is has a lot of high kill shelters and I've recently found a several adult (>2 years) greys that have been surrendered. Some people believe that my thoughts of adoption are selfish as I do work full time, but I believe I have the resources, time and patience that I feel might make a shelter animal content. That said, I do have some concerns that I can't find any information on and would greatly appreciate any input you all could offer. 1st, I'm single, 21, work full time, and live alone in a dog friendly apartment building. I'm pretty confident in the capability of alone training. I also realize how much time, money, training and nice things adopting a dog relieves me of. Being that dogs, like humans, do not all behave the same, how well do your greys hold up to being alone ~8-5? 2nd, Litterbox training? There are obvious pros and cons, but I do believe that this could work well in my scenario and have a pretty solid plan. Have any of you had luck with this? Being in close proximity to other dogs, is there a high probability for worms that should condemn this? 3rd, I live in a dog friendly apartment and I have gotten consent to bring in a dog. There are some dog parks nearby and I live in a rural area, but I do not have a fenced in yard. I'm planning on at least 30min walks before work, when I get home, and lots training / relaxing time on the weekends. I'm concerned about it's well being during the week and this is why I haven't gone through it yet. Based on your opinion, is this concern valid? 4th, this would be my first dog as an adult (I had one shortly as a child but my mother has severe allergies we weren't aware of that caused us to reluctantly surrender). I also don't have an aggressive bone in my body as some breeds prefer. In your opinion, am I foolish and naive, perhaps even overzealous in my thoughts of adoption? Thank you all in advance! - Kevin
  14. Hi, I'd like to get our home ready for a visit from an adoption agency, and I'm looking around the house and have found a few things at floor level or within reach to question. I don't plan on leaving him unsupervised at all. Possibly a dog wouldn't consider any of these interesting. Our lab didn't. But I'd rather be safe than sorry This house has so little storage area, some things stay out all the time. But our dog comes first. I will figure it out if I need to. I just want to see what else I need to fix in the house so we pass with flying colors Any other suggestions are greytfully appreciated Will a greyhound get into/want to chew: (and is it harmful to him?) vacuum cleaner hoses and the electrical cords? Aloe Vera plants? Ivy and palm tree plants? Sound bar in front of TV? Wine bottles (full)? Bird seed in plastic container? umbrellas detachable seat cushions (indoors and outdoors) Candles Fake flowers a salt lamp closed cabinet doors? need to childproof them? tablecloth with fringe fake woven baskets electrical cords, computer cables laptops and tablets contact lens solution folded blankets and bed pillows cordless phones hand lotion bottles lysol spray cans tissue boxes hand soap bottles laundry detergent and fabric softener (liquids) dryer lint (open wastebasket)
  15. Hi everyone. My name is Selena and I don't yet have a hound of any kind, but I am very interested in adopting a galgo. I have been in love with sighthounds (starting with retired racing greys) for years and finally am *almost* in a position to adopt (ie. I've finally convinced my family, but we have an elderly cat that doesn't deserve the stress at this stage in her life). I was wondering if anyone could tell me about the process of adopting a galgo from any of the organizations that you're familiar with (I've looked extensively through the available dogs at Scooby and FBM for example)... is there anyone bringing galgos in to Ontario? how much does it cost, how long does it take, is there someone at the other end who can give more information about the dogs on the site, what if the dog turns out to be inappropriate in some way? I have lots of questions. No need to hurry with any of this info, as I'm not in a rush at this point, but thought I should start a conversation with someone who knows how this works. This will be my first dog and I'm super excited.
  16. Hello everyone! As a lot of you know (atleast the ones who have replied to my previous posts) I have been waiting so very patiently to finally get my new family member. Okay maybe not patiently, maybe more acting like a 2 year old to my fiance jumping up and down like "can we go tomorrow, how bout the next day, now now now!?" Well, I spoke to the director of a greyhound rescue near us last Sunday. So, tomorrow my fiance and I will be going there to start the adoption process and hopefully get matched! I am not entirely sure how quick their adoption process works, but they seem like a very high volume organization and we plan on getting out there right at 9:30 am when they open. So maybe if we fall in love with a matched baby we can take him/her home tomorrow!!! We do have two kitty's, and my mom who lives with us has an iggy-so our choices may be limited, and they may not even have a dog that fits us at the moment. But we will continue with this rescue for as long as it takes to find the right one for our family. Butttt, just in case we do meet the love of our lives...I want to make sure I have everything ready before bringing him/her home. GREYHOUND CHECK LIST: 1. Crate (Lent out at adoption? If not will purchase one one our way home) 2. Crate Blankies (CHECK) 3. Bed (CHECK) 4. Couch (CHECK) 5. Raised Feeders (CHECK) 6. Martingale Collar (Basic one given at adoption, fancy one will be purchased once dogs neck is sized) 7. Tag Collar (CHECK) 8. Leash (CHECK) 9. Muzzle (Purchased through adoption group? Unsure where to find the right one) 10. Stuffies, toys, kong, treats (CHECK) 11. Food (CHECK, Iams green bag mini chunks) 12. Plain Yogurt and rice (CHECK, for nervous poops) 13. Olive oil, coconut oil (CHECK) 14. Soft tooth brush (CHECK) 15. Baby Gate (CHECK) 16. Sweater (CHECK) 16. Flea + Heartworm preventative (Will buy once consulted by vet or agency) 17. Lots and lots and LOTS of love (CHECK, CHECK, CHECK) Everything with a CHECK I have. If you have anything to add in there, I will be picking that up as soon as I get out of work at 3. Thank you everyone for all of your help these past couple months. You guys are great!!
  17. So barring anything going wrong with my in-home interview, I should have my very first greyhound tomorrow evening. Hopefully the adoption people like me/my apartment and hopefully the big boy I have my eye on won't try to eat my hedgehog in his cage (greyhound will be gated in another room when hedgehog is doing his nightly out-of-cage socializing). I met the dog on Saturday at a meet and greet and he seemed really great; very calm and collected, and a little aloof (which I personally love - aloof animals are my jam). Really the only concern I have is his size. His foster dad said he's maybe 80-85 pounds. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a waif by any means but I have the upper body strength equivalent of a baby bird. I walked him around a little and he was great on the leash, but I'm nervous about him seeing a rabbit and taking my arm off. I'm going to sign us up for obedience classes to help me be more confident in my abilities to control him should the need arise. Other than that I think I'm all set for the first few days. I have a crate, beds, extra blankets, toys, grooming supplies, food and water dishes, doggy toothbrush and toothpaste, treats -the works. I've only ever owned small fluffy dogs so this will definitely be a change (I'm sure the first time I have to pick up poop will be a sight to see), but I've been researching greyhounds for well over a year and half now and I'm so excited!
  18. Hi everyone! I'm a new member to this site, but I've been lurking for a while. I'm so grateful for all of the information I've found here! My husband and I are currently trying to decide which of two greys we want to adopt (no, we can't have both!), and I was hoping you all could help. Here's a little about us: My husband works A LOT, so I will be the primary caregiver for our grey. We live in a smallish high-rise condo, across the street from a large urban park with a dog park. I work quite a bit, too, so my schedule (hopefully) for our new guy would be a walk in the morning (around 7:30am), a quick potty-break at lunchtime, then a good play at the park or a long walk around the neighborhood around 6pm. I would be home the rest of the evening most nights and would be happy to take him out more if needed. On the weekend he'll get as much playtime in the park as he needs, as well as socializing with the neighbor dogs, going to local restaurants with us, etc. We also have a large female housecat for company I realize our free time is pretty limited, but that's one of the many reasons we're drawn to greys. They seem like they would be just fine with our schedule and would be a good buddy when I'm home alone while my husband is at work. I may also be interested in getting him certified as a therapy dog, if possible, to visit the hospital where I work. We have now narrowed our choices down to two wonderful, 4-year old, cat-safe greys at the local kennel. Both are slated to be neutered in the near future. The first one is big and silly and absolutely stole my heart with his goofiness and smile. He jumps on people and countersurfs, but is perfect on a leash and loves people. When you let him off leash, he runs (for about 30 seconds) at top speed like it is the greatest moment of his life. When he's finished, he walks over to his kennel to go back to sleep. He has shown no interest in toys. He has been retired for about 2 months. The second is very sweet and calm and a bit smaller. He doesn't have quite as much personality but it seems like his size and temperament might be better suited to our life. He loves playing with stuffed toys and trots around by himself when let off leash. He seems more affectionate, but not quite as excited to be around people as the first one. He doesn't jump on people or seem quite as interested in what's on the counter or in the trash. He has been retired for about 1 month. My question to you is, do we go with the one that has our heart but may be a bull in a china cabinet at our home, or do we learn to love the one that may be a better fit for our lifestyle? The last thing we want to do is to give an outgoing grey a home that he won't be happy in. Since you all seem to know a lot about how greys adapt to their homes, maybe you can offer some opinions? Note that we are very willing to be patient and train either as needed. Sorry for the long post! I look forward to your help! Thanks!!
  19. Ok, first of all before I start, I understand that the volunteers that run the adoption groups LOVE greyhounds and only want what's best for the hounds, and want to place them in good homes. But after dealing with a few, their crazy contracts, home inspections, interviews , et et, I have come to the conclusion they have more of a " God complex" than the welfare of the dogs in mind. I ended up going to a breeder and paying for a lurcher, because of all the red tape involved with adopting a greyhound. They are turning away good potential adopters because of intimidation and other scare tactics. I don't understand why. I constantly search regular shelters for part greyhounds, hoping I can get one through them. I would drive half way across the usa if need be. But alas, I will probably have to go to a breeder again. It's a shame. I know you will never be able to tell them otherwise...because they feel they are doing right by the dog, and in their mind they are. But when they label people, or you say one wrong thing and it's " NO SOUP FOR YOU!! Just wandering how many others out there have had bad experiences trying to adopt a greyhound, and so desperately wanted one? Once you piss them off...your out of luck. They then contact all their " friends" of other adoption rescues and blacklist you, you better get on a breeders list. It's funny, I get asked all the time, " oh is that an ex-racer" , and I have to say, no, they wouldn't let me adopt one to me. I don't want to start a war, but I am certain I can't be the only one who feels they are providing a superior home to a greyhound, but feels humiliated, embarrassed and belittled from the rejection They received from the greyhound rescues. They must feel so good and sleep so well at night that they saved a greyhound from being adopted by me! That's all I can surmise from my experience.
  20. I'm so excited to announce that I am now a two hound household! I adopted "Adam" from NGAP yesterday! http://www.ngap.org/adam-i37308.html I attempted to attach pictures, but can't , and hopefully the poll pops up, too because new guy doesn't have a name! I am caught between two, one name is heavily liked by my grey friends, and the other name is heavily liked by my non-grey friends Please help me decide. and because I can't figure out how to imbed pictures into my post, here is a Link to Flickr album! It should go directly to the album called "New Guy"
  21. SO. I am adopting my first Grey sometime in the next month and am so excited! I've been looking through pretty much everything on this forum and it has been SO helpful! I recently got a bed and kennel, what do ya think? Is there any info you guys have for a first time adopter? and tips you'd like to share? Here's the stuff I've gotten: Also the 2 pups I'm interested in from Greyhound Pets of America Greater Northwest The top one's name is Love and shes almost 2 and the bottom one is Cardinal and she is almost 4. They are both cat workable (which is very necessary due to my kitty cat) and they are both known to be cuddle bugs!
  22. Hi ebberybody. Mai REAL gotcha day was yesterday but mai hoomans were sick an doing lots of 'paperwork' (which is anudder way to say not petting me!) an forgetted to post. So dis is mai story. I wuz born in Ireland an trained to race an I wuz a good sprinter but den I got bought by sumwun who made me run mid-distance an I wasn't so good at dat. So I got 'retired' an sent to Scotland with a mean man who treated me bad. When he bringed me to the nice people at the greyhound rescue I was very skinny an didn't have much fur an I was scared of everything. DEN...I saw a special hooman! I was so excited the rescue people said my Favourite Hooman could take me home rightawayquick. Even though the world was super scary I knowed my hooman would keep me safe. Slowly I learned that most hoomans are nice an dere is no reason to be scared. Last year mai hooman saw I was not getting enough cuddles, so dey picked out a second hooman to come take care of me. She definitely taked good care of me, so she and my Favourite Hooman getted 'engaged' which means we all live together in a new home. An just to make sure I gets enough cuddles my hooman helped me become a Therapy Dog so I can make new friends with people in hospitals. I think this is a good life, even if sometimes my hoomans eat curry and don't share.
  23. I brought an almost 4 y/o, light red girl, JIT Zeta (now Minerva/Minnie) home as a "foster" on December 7...I knew after about 3 days that she would fit in perfectly with Luna and I. So many people told me, "Two girls can be iffy together, be careful!" And so I was...muzzled them both all of the first day or two, kept Minnie leashed at all times, etc. But as luck would have it, they bonded immediately! In 3 weeks there have been 0 incidents, not even a growl (well, playful growls yes, but aggressive ones, no). Today my paperwork and adoption fee went through to my group so Minnie is officially mine! I thought Luna was a love sponge, but Minnie is the type that will literally sleep with her nose almost touching mine! She and Luna both sleep on my bed at night, but luckily they each have their own spots which allows me to have some room, too. Some of you might remember me bringing my parents' standard poodle, James, to keep Luna company due to her severe SA. He went home when I got Minnie, but the two girls are happy as clams while I'm at work, lazing around and licking PB from their kongs. I still muzzle them when I leave which is just a safety precaution. So far, everything has been awesome! I'm so happy I was able to adopt two greys in the same year! Luna in May, Minnie in December. I've been posting an insane number of pictures on Facebook, but for those of you who haven't seen pictures yet... On the way home from the adoption kennel! It was about a 90+ minute drive. Fast friends. They bonded quickly! Minnie has very expressive ears! First visit to my parents' house. Cuddles and winter bandanas. First snow for both of them! (Race records show Texas, Florida, and Alabama for Minnie, and Florida and Georgia for Luna). First time meeting Santa! Visiting my parents, plus James (spoo), Ginny, and Harry (mini dachshunds). They all get along great!
  24. Hi Greyhound owners/enthusiasts, I am a 23 year old Manhattan resident. My fiancé and I are considering adopting a retired racer, and I'm trying to do my due diligence in researching to make sure this is the right choice. Background: we are both dog lovers, who grew up with dogs in the house (although never having full responsibility for them). We live in a small 1 bedroom, 3-4 blocks from both Central park and the East River, where there are a few dog parks. He works full time, out of the house 10-12 hours a day. I am a grad student, graduating in May. We are definitely financially able to care for a grey. Here's the concern: time. Assuming we adopt in January/February, I would have at least 4 and up to 6 or 7 months before starting work. At the moment, I only have class 10 hours a week, and other than that my time is my own to get my work done. I would be able to devote lots of time to helping our new doggy settle in, get used to walking on a leash, etc. The problem is that after that time, I will also be working full time, out of the house 10+ hours a day. We both are home all the time on nights/weekends, are real homebodies- so we would be willing to put in lots of dog time during the off-work hours. We are planning on a dog walker at least 1 but most likely 2 times a day, so as to keep the dog happy and healthy. We would also walk the dog in the morning before leaving, and in the evening at least once immediately when we return home (6/7pm) and perhaps one more quick trip out right before bed. As I said we live near the park and the river, so great dog walking territory. Is this a bad idea? We're both dying for a dog and love the sweet, gentle greyhounds we've known. It breaks my heart that so many of these dogs are in desperate need of a home, when we could provide one! I just don't want to adopt if the lifestyle (2 working people, dog walker 1 or 2x a day) is going to make the dog unhappy, and us along with it! Advice would be greatly appreciated!!
  25. We have finally decided to take the first step toward adopting our first greyhound. We have filled out the application and scheduled the interview for two weeks from now. We are so excited (and super nervous!) about bringing a greyhound into our family. Is there anything you all wish that someone would have told you as a first time greyhound adopter? Any advice you can give us on how to prepare, what to get, things to know? We've read the books, done the research, but I still feel completely unprepared. Don't worry, you will all be the first to know and see the pictures when we bring him/her home!!
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